Talk Nautical Women, The Hidden History of Women sailing the High Seas

Full info here. Author Rosemary Caldicott will be telling us about her book in which she investigated the intriguing histories of nautical women. These include stories of cross-dressing women who went to sea to earn a living and the mad, tragic and often funny consequences they encountered and endured. Living in or near Bristol, we’re all quite familiar with images of sailing ships – but the focus is usually on the men who built or worked on them. Rosemary wants to bring to life a forgotten history – women sailors and the women of sailor towns.

PILL MUSIC FESTIVAL – 25-29 MARCH

Originating in 2009 due to the enthusiasm and drive of Chris Roach, Pill Music Festival has become another successful event in the village calendar.

There has been a gap of several years since the last one, however the good news is that Pill Music Festival is going ahead again this year at various venues around the village, featuring a host of quality local talent.

  • Wednesday 25 March – Pill Festival Band
  • Thursday 26 March – An evening of various and varied local Ukelele bands; ‘Pauline’s Pluckers’, ‘The Rhynes’ and from Bath the ‘The Mother Pluckers’ at Pill Community Centre.
  • Friday 27 March – Gordano Folk Club, a wide range of folk music from some of the best local amateur performers.
  • Saturday 28 March – Various music workshops during the day, aimed at encouraging anyone to start or continue learning to play or sing. Also, performances in the afternoon and early evening from Pill Community Choir and the village acapela group ‘The Mudlarks’ , and from 8pm at the Memorial Club The Bee Gees tribute act.
  • Sunday 29 March – Churches together at the Memorial Club followed by ‘Jazz in the afternoon’ at Lodway Cricket with ‘Afterhours’ and friends.

Most events will be free entry or run at cost (except for The Bee Gees, which is £8, and the workshops), with any money raised going to encourage and support, through the Festival Band, the teaching and playing of music by youngsters in the village.  Look out for more details around the village, on Facebook and the Festival Band website, also on the Parish Council website.

Consultation now open on the region’s plan for cycling and walking

There is an opportunity to have a say in the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan;

The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan is a detailed plan that identifies that over £400m of investment is needed and will be sought and channelled through the West of England Combined Authority. Working with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, we’re aiming to provide high quality infrastructure to ensure the West of England is a region where cycling and walking are the preferred choice for shorter trips.

What are your thoughts? Please view our plan and let us know your views.

You can view the plan and access the consultation questionnaire at the link here.

Note! Closes: 15/03/19

M5 J19 works and Wynhol viaduct joint repairs (3 to 21 February 2020)

Highways England will shortly be carrying out a package of
safety and improvement works on the M5 between J19 and J20.
The work will include replacement of the joints on Wynhol viaduct and improvements to the J19 southbound exit slip.


M5 J19 to J20 Wynhol viaduct – 3 to 21 February 2020
They will carry out the majority of works overnight under lane closures when traffic flows are at their lowest. Some overnight closures will be necessary for resurfacing works:
Southbound J19 to J20 overnight closure – 3 February 2020, 8pm to 6am
Northbound J20 to J19 overnight closure – 10 February 2020, 8pm to 6am

M5 J19 southbound exit slip
These works will take place overnight Monday to Friday only, from 8pm to 6am. During the day the carriageway will remain open as unusual with coning in place around excavations. To reconfigure the lanes around the roundabout they will sometimes need to close part of the roundabout (again weeknights, overnight 8pm to 6am).

SPAD/Parish Council tree planting

100 young native hazel tree whips will be given away FREE at the market plus other bare fruit trees will be on sale at cost price. You’ll get advice on planting and care of your tree and we hope in time to have over 100 small trees across a patchwork of local gardens to capture carbon, clean our air, attract wildlife and feed the birds and yourselves! There will also be tree planting in the afternoon in Jenny’s Meadow, the nature reserve beside Avon View – all welcome. Hope to see you there.

Temporary road restrictions for Easton in Gordano/ Portbury, starting on 10th February 2020

Just sharing a notice of temporary road restrictions for a number of roads in the area, starting on 10th February 2020. Here is the notice:

PUBLIC NOTICE
NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14
Notice of Temporary Traffic Regulation Order 2020
A369 Martcombe Road, M5 Junction 19 Interchange, Slip Road Entry
M5 Southbound Junction 19, Slip Road Entry M5 Northbound Junction
19, The Portbury Hundreds, Easton in Gordano, Portbury, North
Somerset


Temporary Prohibition of Use by Vehicles, Temporary 30mph Speed
Limit, Temporary Revocation of Left Turn Only Order 2020
Date coming Into Force: 10th February 2020


Notice is hereby given that North Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, intend to make an order the effect of which will be to close, temporarily, to vehicles the lengths of roads specified in the Schedule 1 to this Notice; to temporarily restrict the speed of any vehicle from not
exceeding 30mph in the lengths of road specified in Schedule 2 to this notice; to temporarily revoke the Left Turn Only in the length of road specified in Schedule 3 to this notice.


Exemptions are included for emergency services, works access and as works permit for premises which may only be accessed via the closed section of road. This order is required because of the likelihood of danger to the public consequent upon work by Highways England for M5 Junction 19 improvement works in two phases. Phase One 30mph Speed restriction is anticipated to commence on the 10th February 2020 for a maximum period of eighteen months. However, the speed restriction may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only as necessitated by the works which is anticipated to be of approximately 5 months in duration. Phase Two Road Closure and revocation of Left Turn Only is anticipated to commence on 30th March 2020 for approximately 3 nights in duration between the hours of approximately 20.00hr and 06.00hrs. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed when the measures are in force.


For further information relating to this notice go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks


ALTERNATIVE ROUTES
A369 Martcombe Road (part unaffected), Haberfield Hill, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh Road, B3129 Beggar Bush Lane, B3128
Clevedon Road, Clarken Coombe, Ashton Road, A370, A3029 Brunel Way, Bennett Way, A4 Hotwell Road, Portway, M5
Junction 18 to M5 Junction 19

Ref: T20-08


SCHEDULE

Schedule 1 – Night-time Road Closure 30 March to 2 April A369 Martcombe Road – from its junction with High Street, Portbury to M5 Junction 19 Interchange between 20.00hrs to 06.00hrs

Schedule 2 – 30mph Speed Restriction 10 February to 10 July

    A369 Martcombe Road – for approximately 110m between High Street, Portbury and M5 Junction 19 Interchange

    M5 Junction 19 Interchange – for its full extent

    Slip Road Entry M5 Southbound Junction 19- for approximately 215m from M5 Junction 19 Interchange

    Slip Road Entry M5 Northbound Junction 19- for approximately 100m from M5 Junction 19 Interchange

    The Portbury Hundreds- for approximately 25m from M5 Junction 19 Interchange

Schedule 3 – Night-time Revocation of Left Turn Only 30 March to 2 April High Street, Portbury- Revocation of Left Turn Only thus creating a turn right from junction of High Street on to A369 Martcombe Road between 20.00hrs and 06.00hrs.

Bristol – Portishead Bus Consultation (X3. X3A & X4)

First Bus are running a consultation for the bus that runs between Bristol & Portishead, which of course runs through Pill and Eason-in-Gordano;

You can fill in the online survey here. You have until the 24th Jan to respond! Here is what First Bus say:

As a bus operator, we need to ensure the services we operate are financially viable, while meeting the needs of the customer.

To help us do that, we want to hear the views of the many customers who use our our X3, X3A or X4 services, so outlined below are a few simple questions that will enable us to understand how you currently use the service, what you think of some suggestions we have and what else you think we should consider.

The consultation will run from Friday 10 January to Friday 24th January 2020 inclusive, after which we will review all the responses and decide the best way forward. We will communicate the results of the consultation in February, and we will then start the detailed work to prepare for changes that we expect to implement in April.